Found materials workshop page
Workshop with Found Materials


KS2 Art
National Curriculum: Primary Art.

Learning Objectives
Pupils should be taught: to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials



Found materials workshop page

Suggested Classroom Activity

Watch artist Heather Toulson demonstrate how to make a sculpture with found materials at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and then have go yourself with things you find around your school

The workshop was delivered on one half day by artist Heather Toulson with a group of Year 6 pupils. We suggest you break the workshop into two sessions, individual and group sculptures. The end product of these sessions should be a series of photographs and not the work itself which is meant to be temporary. We are always keen to showcase those images in the Culture Street gallery so please send them to us. For the group sculpture we recommend that you create groups no bigger than six to eight pupils otherwise it becomes difficult for everybody to be fully involved without adult intervention.


Video 1. Introduction


Video 2. Collecting



Video 3. Techniques



Video 4. Individual


Video 5. Start group

Video 6. Build group

Video 7. End product

Video 8. A Teacher’s View

Development Activity

Make a sculpture on the beach or in the woods using our interactive activity Trees and Tides
This activity allows the user to create land art in a virtual environment. There are no instructions the user has to be the artist and work it out for themsleves.

Tips. Be aware the wind gets up in the woods and the tide comes in on the beach if you take too long. The pebbles can be cracked and scratched using a rock and a hole can be dug with a stick to create a black space.

Research, Notes and Links
Nine films

Found materials workshop page

Download lesson notes here

We now supply kits for some of the workshops featured on Culture Street.

Go to our shop to see our range of workshop kits.